3-years in Jail for Cross Species Cloning

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on May 19, 2008


South Korea has just tightened their laws and regulation around cloning research.

“Cross-species cloning, in which DNA from human somatic cells is inserted into animal eggs, will now be punishable by up to three years in prison, the health ministry said.”

The South Korean scandal caused by Hwang Woo-Suk in 2006 has created a climate in South Korea that is rightfully cautious of exploiting women for their eggs, of doing ethical research and not “fabricating” scientific results.

Hwang has been banned from any research using human eggs after his claims that he created the first human stem cells through cloning were ruled in 2006 to be bogus.

He is on trial for fraud, embezzlement, ethical breaches and other charges but has insisted he can prove he created the first cloned human stem cells.”

Critics of course are suggesting that these tighter laws will “impede” research. Yawn, Yawn! When will they learn that scientific research flourishes under good ethical standards and oversight.

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